ASHA employee dies after vaccination in Andhra’s Guntur

Naveen S Garewal 

Tribune News Service 

Hyderabad, January 24

Andhra Pradesh reported the death of an ASHA worker at the Government General Hospital in Guntur on Sunday. Her fellow workers alleged that she died following coronavirus vaccination. 

Three days after she took a shot of the coronavirus vaccine, the 44-year-old ASHA worker complained of severe headache and fever on January 22. 

In a demonstration, the ASHA workers held a rally outside the Guntur hospital and demanded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the deceased’s family. 

Guntur district Collector Samuel Anand said the exact cause of the ASHA worker’s death would be revealed only after a post-mortem but maintained that not a single Adverse Event Following Immunisation was reported in the district as 10,099 healthcare staff were vaccinated in the first eight days. 

The Collector said he would send a proposal to the state government for payment of compensation to the ASHA worker’s kin, on the lines of that paid to frontline health workers who succumbed to COVID-19. 

“We first took her to a private hospital and later shifted to the GGH as her condition worsened. She was a very fit person and rendered tireless service during COVID-19 time,” the ASHA worker’s brother said. 

He denied that she suffered a brain stroke as was being said by the GGH doctors. 

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